Actress Sonekwa Martin-Green, who plays a key role in the series, revealed the first trailer for the fourth season of Star Trek: Discovery, during the first day of contact 2021
(Spoilers for previous seasons below.)
Martin-Green plays Michael Burnham, an orphaned man raised on the planet Vulcan by none other than Sarek (James Freyn) and his human wife Amanda Grayson (Mia Kirchner) – aka, the parents of Spock (Ethan Peck). So she’s Spock’s adoptive mother. As I wrote earlier, the season-long rainbow S2 included the mysterious appearances of the “Red Angel” and the deceptive AI of the Starfleet, called Control, which seeks to destroy all reasonable life in the universe.
The big revelation was that the Red Angel was actually a time travel suit worn by Michael’s biological mother. She accidentally jumped 950 years into a bleak future in which Control achieved its disgusting goal and traveled through time, leaving signals (visions of the Red Angel), hoping to change that future. In the S2 finale, Michael put on a replica of his mother’s suit to lead Discovery over 900 years into the future. The crew of Enterprise told Starfleet this Discovery was destroyed in battle and ordered never to speak again of his ship or crew.
In S3, Michael, Discovery and her crew arrived in the future and found that the Control Plan had failed: life still existed. But the galaxy was very different thanks to something called the Burning, a catastrophic event that caused all the militia in the Milky Way to explode and destroy much of Starfleet in the process. Subsequently, without possible distortion, all the planets were cut off and were no longer ruled by the Federation. However, Michael was able to find the Federation’s only connection to a remote space station with the help of a new ally, Buk (David Ajala).
This turned out to be another strong season for the series. As Kate Cox of Ars noted in her review last year, “The S3 is absolute Star Trek in the classical form, where problems can be solved, where diplomacy can reign, where clever Starfleet officers can invent their way out of any trap, and where the Federation and its ideals are actually good for this fallen world. “
The Discovery the crew reunited with the rest of Starfleet, figured out what The Burn had caused, and managed to defeat a rival union known as the Emerald Chain, inspiring planets to begin joining the Federation. Burnham finally became captain of Discovery after Sarah chose to return to her home planet Kaminar for a spell. And we say goodbye with sadness to Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeo); A series of spinoff is rumored to be under development.
According to the official synopsis, in S4 “Captain Burnham and the crew of USS Discovery face a threat other than any encountered. As the federal and non-federal worlds feel the impact, they must confront the unknown and work together to ensure a promising future for all.
In addition to Martin-Green, much of the lead cast is also back for S4: Doug Jones as Sarah, Anthony Rapp as Stamets, Mary Wiseman as Tilly, Emily Coates as Kayla Detmer and Wilson Cruz as Dr. Culber. S3 additions Book (David Ayala), Adira (Blue del Barrio), Gray (Ian Alexander) and Starfleet Commander Vance (Oded Fer) will also return.
The trailer mentions a “gravitational anomaly” five miles in diameter moving across the galaxy – apparently the emerging threat hinted at in the summary. This season seems to be another action-packed bona fide (with lavish new Starfleet uniforms), reinforcing the themes of community and family so prominent in S3. We look at the volcanoes and the cat of Book, Grudge. Partner Michelle Paradise said one big question for Burnham is how she will continue to grow and move forward now that she is the captain of a starship, and that Adira’s transgender boyfriend (technically deceased), Gray, will eventually be visible everyone, not just Adira. Besides, we’ll just have to wait and see.
The fourth season of Star Trek: Discovery debuted at Paramount Plus later this year.
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